It's been almost thirty years since Allan Bloom made his clarion call to classicism within the American academy with the publication of The Closing of the American Mind. For as moribund as the humanities have supposedly been (according to positivist scientists, economics majors, and higher education administrators) the "Culture Wars" have surely blazed a bright path across the consciousness of any literature, history, philosophy, theology or cultural studies major. Columnists from William Safire to David Brooks have bemoaned the supposed death of the humanities (while conveniently ignoring how supply-side economics has had a hearty role in that) identifying a "post-modern bogeyman" as being responsible for the murder.
This panel welcomes papers that explore how contemporary literary genres attempt to think through the traditionally raced and class divided formulations (and representations) of the neoliberal city-scape. We particularly invite presenters to consider creative works that destabilize the city as the ultimate signifier of minority cultures and reimagine the spatial expanse of minority resistance. Other themes that panelists might address in their work include, but are not limited to:
ideology and effect of 'urban renewal' /gentrification/displacements and dispossessions
urban discourse of raced deviance
new immigrant destinations
The Editorial Board of Scritture migranti: rivista di scambi interculturali is now accepting articles for its 8/2014 issue. Interested scholars should send their contributions, along with an abstract and a short bio (in a MS-Word file) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: SEPTEMBER 1, 2015.
Scritture migranti particularly welcomes contributions which are innovative as to themes, subjects, methodologies, and theoretical approaches relevant to the multiple intersections of writing and migration. Articles in any of the major languages of international exchange are accepted.
Key Note Speakers:
Craig Baldwin [filmmaker, lecturer @ UC Davis]
Dr. Denah Johnston [filmmaker, author of No Future Now: A Nomdadology of Resistance and Subversion, lecturer at California College of the Arts, executive director of Canyon Cinema]
Exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts and humanities and social science.
Bath Spa University
29, 30, 31 March 2016
Sponsored by the British Academy and hosted by the Writing and the Environment Research Centre, Bath Spa University
Stephen Daniels, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham
Other speakers TBC
In the past two decades, universities, organizations, and businesses around the western world have placed a great emphasis on celebrating diversity, welcoming members, students, faculty, and employees from different ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, or national identities. Based on such developments, the "other"—as the person belonging to some minority group who had been ostracized in the greater part of the 20th century—has been welcomed from the margins of society to its very center.
As the prophet of magic realism and an extraordinary satirist of political dictatorship, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's literary horizons are incomprehensibly vast, and the rigorous intensity of his writings is inexplicably multidimensional. Marquez challenges the luminal line between 'story' and 'history', and interrogates the public and private domain with an uncommon and effortless ease and clarity. He fuses the chaotic and the cosmic, the materialistic and the mystical, and invites us to participate in a magico-historical narrative of which he is an undisputed craftsman.
Call for Papers
Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts (BCLL#3)
In Association with INPUTS, BIKQS, and IACPL
March 15-18, 2016
• Jeannette Armstrong (The University of British Columbia)
• Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)
• Michel DeGraff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
• Gloria Emeagwali (Central Connecticut State University)
• Lisa Lim (The University of Hong Kong)
• Sinfree Makoni (The Pennsylvania State University)
We seek submissions for a collection of new examinations of settler colonialism as expressed and developed through literature or other "texts" (including films, historical documents, art, architecture, music, maps, and advertisements, among other types of texts). We are particularly interested in submissions that approach these texts as articulations of transnational connections developed by ways of settler migration and/or colonial displacement.